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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - May 24, 2009, Athens, Alabama                                 7 Mi, 69847 00002    3  Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future  ( )ne dollar  Sunday, May 24 t  2009  Jerry King Company  1613 I Ofoy Btvd •    Al    33611  230-0402  ONCMmiIw  dlÄl|pO OHi  1   NEW MM«  •jV-;    .¡A ? joW    with a  ,-.:'í.í l -’V. 1 , v'.    Heatpump lodav!  £¡ñL flMji lii    ftiOk^K    tk    TV    A  Col far ffttttflfff  Fanner High Academic Achievers PAGE 11A  The News CouVier  Habitat's first neighborhood's open house set here on June 6  By Karen Middleton  karci i fla I liensne i \ s -courit *r. com  Habitat is opening the doors to Hope.  The first Habitat for Humanity neighborhood, Hope Subdivision off Strange Street is ready to showcase to the community. Habitat officials will open Jessica and Alex Flores’ home from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 6 for tours.  According to Habitat worker Roxie Day, June 6 will also be the official kickoff for two more homes for Habitat partners Natalia Ewertz and Juan Carlos Roman and Lucina Flores.  Lucina is the sister of Alex Flores, Day said.  Jessica and Alex Flores will move into their new Habitat home in late June or early July, Day said.  See Habitat, page 3A  Visit us online   www.enewscourierxom   Inside Today  Aircraft collide over Calhoun  Far out experience  Athens Bible School student relates her out-of-this world meeting with astronauts and former space center director.  PAGE17A  Was there more to the man once known as Athens’ ‘town drunk?’  Editor's note: This is Part 1 of a two-part feature on the World War II experiences of the late Thomas Cecil Berzett and his life in the after-math of war when he was known as ‘the town drunk.” Part II will run Tuesday  By Karen Middleton  karen@athensnews-courier.com  Henry David Thoreau wrote, ‘Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.”  First in a series  One could only guess the unsung songs of Thomas Cecil Berzett when he crawled into the back of a parked Tennison taxicab to sleep off a night of drinking on March 26, 1975, and died.  Thomas’s niece, Susan Sandlin of Elkmont, read a recent News Courier story about former sheriff  See Drunk, page 7A  Susan Sandlin of Elkmont looks over a partial collection of World War II medals that belonged to her late uncle, Thomas Berzett.  NEWS COURIER/KIM RYNDERS  Local emergency responders, including (above, center) Limestone County Chief Deputy Randy King, Athens Fire Chief Danny Southard (back to camera) and Sheriff Mike Blakely were on the scene of a plane crash on the Calhoun Community College campus Saturday that claimed the life of a 41-year-old Tuscumbia man. Below, An unidentified Limestone County sheriff's deputy walks with Decatur-Athens Aero Services Manager Nichole Banks away from the scene of a fatal plane crash Saturday near Pryor Field Regional Airport.  Index  Classifieds 1C  Crossword 18A  Ledger.........19A  Letters..........5 A  Lifestyles........9A  Lottery..........3 A  Obituaries 2A  Dewey Arthur Poss  Opinion.........4A  Sports...........IB  Weather.........2 A  Golfers swing for good cause  Pilot dies after wing ripped from kit plane  By Karen Middleton  kanen@athensnews-couricr.com   A crater gouged in the ground and scattered chunks of twisted metal were all that remained of a Saturday midair collision over Piyor Field Regional Airport.  A Tuscumbia man, identified by Limestone County Assistant Coroner Andy Jackson, as Steven G. Raddatz, 41, died when the wings of a kit-built Vans Aircraft RV8 he was piloting and the wings of a World War II Yak Warbird clipped one another, knocking the wing from the RV8 and sending it plummeting to earth, according to a witness.  The pilot of the WWII Russian Yak, identified by the Limestone County Sheriffs Department as Billy Joe Kennemore, no address given, was able to maintain control of his craft and landed safely. A worker in one of the Pryor Field hangars said the Yak had been placed in a hangar after the collision and was “not available” for photographs.  Televised reports Saturday night said the two  See Crash, page 7A  The Athens Ladies Civitan Club is looking for golfers and sponsors for its 2nd Annual Blue/Gold Golf Classic to be held Friday, June 12, at Canebrake Golf Club.  SPORTS, PAGE IB  W¡ -W-  inni Pjüíi  Æ- -  j S, >  '//S   

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